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Sweet Vintage Fairies ATC's

What a magical month it's been here at Altered Pages where we have been joined by Sweet Fairies all month long.  Today I wanted to share a few techniques I love using when making ATC's and use a couple more of the wonderful Fairies from the Fairy Doll Collage Sheet that I also used earlier this month.

For my ATC's today I have played with a couple of different background techniques.  Firstly I started with some Vintage Text Pages torn into pieces and then stuck down on a piece of card.  I then coated this with a thin layer of Gesso, and once this was dry I sprayed with some Spray Ink.

Text Pages and Gesso to start my embossed piece.

Once the spray ink was dry I then took this piece and ran through my Big Shot with an embossing folder.  Taking some ink on my Ranger Blending Tool,  I then smooched around the embossed piece with some ink to highlight the embossed design.  You will see I used torn pieces of this embossed card behind my fairies on my ATC's today.  It adds a bit of texture and interest perfectly.

The same embossing folder works great as a stamp too.

The actual base card background for the Pixie Card was created using a mix of Gelatos and Spray Inks to add color and I then applied some ink direct to the same embossing folder and used the folder as a stamp to transfer the design onto the background.  The spray ink and gelatos gave a slightly brighter result to the first technique. So I toned this back slightly by inking the edges.  I combined this background with a torn piece of my embossed piece, my fairy (collage), words and a Petaloo flower.

The stamped and embossed backgrounds together, The use of Gelatos to color add vibrancy.

My Sweet Fairy Background Base which looks a little bit like a marbled/watercolor background was created using Distress Stains pounced lightly across a piece of white card.  This ATC was finished simply by adding a torn piece of my embossed background before adding the fairy and text.  I rounded the corners and added to a piece of dark blue cardstock.

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